The Melbourne Magic Festival 2017 is back and to celebrate its TENTH BIRTHDAY they’ve pulled everything out of their sleeves and laid all their cards on the table to create the biggest magic event ever seen in Australia.
DATES: July 3 to 15, 2017 every day from 10am to 11pm at
LOCATIONS: The Northcote Town Hall and beyond! #MelbMagicFest
WEBSITE FOR TIMES/SHOWS AND DETAILS: http://melbournemagicfestival.com/
Over 10,000 magic fans will appear at The Northcote Town Hall to enjoy over 300 shows and free events from July 3 to 15 with performances from Australia’s top magicians and International Superstars of Magic including Asia’s celebrity TV magician #EGLee (Korea), star of ‘Penn & Teller Fool Us’ Joshua Jay (USA), and the world’s greatest card expert Dani DaOrtiz (Spain).
Other international magicians performing include star of the documentary ‘Girl on Fire’ Carisa Hendrix (CAN), living legend of magic #ChuckFayne (USA), Rockstar Magician John Fung (Hong Kong), FISM award winner Simon Coronel (USA), and from New Caledonia #MonsieurEtMadameRaguin.
Interstate performers include Pierre Ulric - Mysteries (WA), Daz Buckley (NSW), and Robert Bremner (NSW) is bringing his Flea Circus to Melbourne for the first time ever.
AS SEEN ON TV
You’ll recognise many magicians from TV including ‘Gentlemen of Deceit’s Alex de La Rambelje (Australia’s Got Talent), Nicholas J. Johnson (The Real Hustle), Anthony DEMASI (KidsWB), Tim Ellis (In Gordon Street Tonight), Lawson Reeves (Big Brother), and Lawrence Leung (Maximum Choppage).
JUST FOR KIDS
As it’s the school holidays, kids are spoiled for choice with shows including Catch the Reading Bug (Sarah Jones), Have You Ever, Ever Heard? (David Chandler), The Fairy Magic Show (Lee Cohen), Learn To Fly (Dom Chambers), Mister Mike’s Wanderful Show (Mike Fields), Tricky Extravaganza (Micky Trickstar), Smoke & Mirrors (Richard Wibberley), Family Magic Show (Tim Credible), Tricky Nick is a Super Bad Guy (Nicholas Johnson), and Professor Googalfitz Explains It All (Tim Ellis).
MAGIC AFTER DARK
But in the evening it’s a mind reading, sleight of hand, grand illusions as adults can become kids again as they feast on the impossible often seeing three shows every night including A Night of Variety 2 (Raymond Truong), Welcome to the Movies 3 (Peter Nguyen), Conjure Woman (Cath Jamison), Alien Mind (Shane Hill), Gone Girl (Dom Chambers & Bayden Hammond), The Confidence Artist (Nicholas Johnson), I ♥ Magic (Anthony DeMasi), This Is Magic! (Tim Ellis), and Surreal (Josh Staley), Enigma (Josh Staley), and The Comic Conjurers: Despicable (Josh Staley - with Lawson Reeves).
If the thought of actually performing magic intrigues you, take a peek behind the velvet curtain and try a Magic Class. There’s a huge selection for kids and adults taught by Tim Credible, Lee Cohen, John Fung, Simon Coronel, Dani Da Ortiz, Chuck Fayne, and Joshua Jay.
Between shows, you’ll catch magicians jamming in Magic Central where you can grab snacks and drinks and check out the magic shop, play giant chess, Instagram in the interactive illusion, peruse the photo exhibition and be dazzled by free pop up shows.
Special events this year include Carl’s Story (presented by Vincent Care Victoria). After 30 years alone on the streets, Carl discovered magic and it changed his life. Carl’s story is true, it’s free, and it will inspire you. Also at Northcote Town Hall are MagicSports (TheatreSports for magicians), The Best of The Magic Fest (different performers every night), The Kids Magic Gala (a host of different entertainers), The Close Up Magic Gala (14 magicians on the one show!), and The Australian Junior Championships of Magic (the search for the next top magician).
Plus, for 2017 the Festival has expanded beyond the Town Hall with Moulin Beige (at the Wesley Anne), The Charles Waller Cup (an annual Magic Competition at The Magic Zone), Magicians: The Exhibition (paintings, photographs and live magic at Tall Dark & Art in Moorabin), Top Hat Tuesday (Adults only magic at The 86 in Collingwood), The Magic Workshop ( Arts Centre Melbourne), The Psychology of Magic (presented by Swinburne University Psychology Association - SUPA), and free shows and workshops in High Street, Northcote.
Thanks to our friends at the Melbourne Magic Festival Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Online Magazine is proudly covering the selected festival shows (media: Erkin Kalayci at Cheers Melbourne Photography, Bryanna Reynolds/ Bryanna Reynolds Multimedia Journalist & Producer at Reynolds Sister Productions, Jeanette Russell and Maggie Beresford at Beresford Productions) Please stay tuned for more details!